Foss: Vacant Schenectady building to become Italian bistro/deli

Foss: Vacant Schenectady building to become Italian bistro/deli

Childhood friends’ project is latest effort to improve Eastern Avenue neighborhood

BY SARA FOSS, THE DAILY GAZETTE

Rick Mangino has worked in restaurants all his life.

His family’s acclaimed Italian restaurant, Mangino’s Ristorante, has been a Saratoga Lake¬†institution for seven decades.

“I’ve been cooking for almost 35 years,” Mangino told me. “I learned through my father and grandfather. … I’ve worked with a lot of great chefs, but mostly I’ve learned a lot from my dad.”

Now 50, Mangino helps out at Mangino’s, and has worked in other Capital Region restaurants.

But he’s always wanted to open his own place, and when his childhood friend and real estate investor Bonnie Goodwin suggested he consider one of her properties, he decided to go for it.

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